Reflection: It’s amazing how small things can make a huge different in relationships, especially with children. Like every parent, I sometimes struggle to get my kids to listen and follow instructions. I sometimes wonder if they can even hear me at all. But they will often talk of their memories of special times we’ve shared together: playing sport or when I’m coaching their team, a trip into the city or a holiday away. And then I reflect on the fact that they often recall these things more than the words or directives I give.
Maybe that’s part of what James is sharing with us through this passage. If we speak words of peace and blessing, but don’t act on our love in practical ways, then things can feel lifeless. Our
faith in God may be a lot like this as well. If we pray daily, but don’t love our neighbour then James asks: can such faith save us?
Question: Is there a time in my journey as a parent or in my journey of faith where I need to take direct and specific action?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for calling us to a life of faith. Thank you for the words of Paul that say we are reconciled to you through faith. But thank you also for the words of James which also challenge us to respond with action and deeds.